The following is a study. I never gave a try at representing planets and stellar bodies so I'm posting here for critics and advices.
I'm using Photoshop.
The purpose is to represent the night side of a planet. I was always amazed by how Earth can look from space, night side.
My difficulty is here to have the lights from civilization/settlements being a prominent feature. Yet not end being "too bright".
The other difficulty I have is to represent clouds. I've tried adding a layer of white dots on which I applied a motion blur but it just make "clouds" hazy, more like a fog.
So if anyone has suggestions...
as a reference, here follows the work without the "lights" and shadow
Edit : the final purpose is to include the view into a "LCARS-style" (from Star Trek) with notable places being zoomed in.